the last Antebellum Mansion in Birmingham, Alabama

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The Arlington House has a very cool history. The house is decorated for Christmas this month. Obvious to Southerners, the home is in the South because is has dried cotton turned into Christmas decorations, its the wife & children’s nursery. The wife’s room has dried Okra hanging in her two bedroom windows. There is a third room, but i couldn’t tell to whom it belonged…perhaps a spinster daughter? Although there were a set of gulf clubs, skis, & a painting of a man. But it also contained the spinning wheel & no man would ever do that then, right?

The Arlington House architecture is Greek Revival, built in 1840 by Judge William S. Mudd. Judge Mudd was one of ten of the founders of the city of Birmingham in Alabama. This antebellum mansion is the last remaining in Birmingham, so i highly suggest seeing it.

Before the end of the Civil War, Union General James Wilson arrived in Birmingham with 13,000 troops. They were to take down the iron furnaces. The General used the Arlington House as his headquarters.

for more info: http://www.birminghamal.gov/about/city…/arlington-house

Christmas decorating circa 1840 in the Deep South

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only in the South would they decorate with dried okra & Magnolia leaves. But i love the dried oranges, lemons, apples & cinnamon W/ gingerbread men cookies. I would guess that people smelled pretty nasty living in Birmingham, Alabama. summers are humid & hot down South. hanging dried fruit & cookies would have been a big help, we still use these things in other forms to make our own homes smell better. they decorated using fruit…i suppose only the wealthy could afford to do this, everyone else would have canned any fruit or veggies they were able to find…to feed themselves.

The Arlington House. Birmingham, Alabama.